What infuriates me as a development practitioner, is implimentation of projects that are not based on my findings but more on donor outcomes. Why then do we even bother at times to get into projects that are not sustainable and our top beneficiaries are the donors and not the communities. Please I think we need to devise policy guidelines that actually protect such injustices from happening.
From Sazini Ndlovu.
As much as we campaign for workers' rights around the world - are NGO worker rights well protected? how, where, etc do we form a working group to conduct social audits on our internal practices? Is there a union of NGO workers?
From Aneshree Naidoo of Action Aid.
Even more irritating is large companies especially mining houses calling staff development CSI. Many pay for ABET (adult basic education & training) classes through their CSI budget and forget that this is actually part of the training they should have done for the past 250 years!!
From Andrew Miller of Project Literacy.
As an NGO I am really tired of prospective donors turning down our appeals for funding as they have allocated Corporate Social Investment into Sports Sponorship. THIS IS NOT CONTRIBUTING TO IRRADICATING POVERTY !
From Kelvin Glen of PROJECT BUILD.
It seems appropriate to use SANGONeT’s slogan as the title for this launch editorial on our new development information portal for and about the NGO sector in South Africa (SA). What SANGONeT is achieving through this portal as well its launch via a four-city digital video conference (DVC) event is the essence of “linking civil society through ICTs”.